A Touch of a Brogue (Ninestar Press 2018 Holiday)
Title: A Touch of a Brogue
Author: Christine Danse
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 12, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 108
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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"A Touch of a Brogue" is a sweet holiday story with a HEA featuring a pub called The Irish Sisters and a food critic whose bad review of the place has brought it to the brink of bankruptcy.
Christine Danse does a lovely job here of describing a pub that I think most of us would love to visit. The Irish Sisters pub has been painstakingly brought to America and reconstructed and is full of old-country charm and a menu of old favorites with a new twist. All they need is customers ... but a bad review in a prominent Portland publication plus loads of bad Yelp reviews are keeping the customers away.
Although the first part of this tale is a bit slow, Danse sets the scene by giving us a feeling for this pub and what it represents to Colm. Eric's personality is perhaps less developed, and I cannot honestly understand why this kind man who is passionate about food would have written a fake review because his boyfriend (owner of the bar down the street) asked him to do so. But when Eric learns what he has done, he strives to make it right, and the result is a sweet story of second chances. There is little on-page sex but the budding romance between Colm and Eric is nicely done. 4 stars.